Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Sonos Play:5

Sonos redesigns its Play:5 speaker, announces Trueplay room-tuning software

Trueplay software can customize Sonos speakers to play the best they possibly can in the rooms they’re in.

Zuli Smartplugs

Zuli Smartplugs review: Clever and inexpensive home lighting control

This is one of the best connected-home products to reach the market so far, but it’s not perfect.

onhubrouter beauty

Google OnHub Wi-Fi router review: It's designed to coddle novices and annoy power users

On the upside, it’s a very good performer. On the downside, it makes all networking decisions for you.

Philips Hue dimmer

Philips Hue LED lighting gets a new dimmer control

Device can be mounted on the wall or detached and used as a handheld remote.

OnHub Wi-Fi router

Google enters the Wi-Fi router market with the very different OnHub

What does the search-engine giant know about routers? We’re about to find out.

Ruark MR1 Bluetooth speakers

Ruark Audio MR1 Bluetooth speaker system review: Wired or wireless, these little speakers will rock your world

USB audio support would be the icing on this delicious cake, but it sounds terrific even without it.

Myfox Home Security

Myfox Home Security review: Reality fails to live up to the promise of the demo

One great component does not a great system make.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

3.hbo now

More cracks appear in the pay-TV wall as HBO Now comes to Verizon broadband

HBO’s Internet-only subscription service is now available to Verizon’s FiOS and high-speed Internet customers.

Archt One speaker

Archt One all-in-one speaker review: Call it the anti-stereo

This versatile speaker can play music from just about any source, but it won’t produce stereo from any of them.

Netgear R6400

Netgear announces its R6400 Wi-Fi router, marking its third year shipping 802.11ac hardware

Replacement for the R6300 promises higher performance, easier installation.

Insteon Smart Hub Pro vs Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Battle of the HomeKit hubs: Lutron Caseta versus Insteon

Has Apple cracked the connected-home conundrum? Not if these two products are any indication.

Insteon Smart Hub Pro

Insteon Smart Hub Pro review: An old pro turns its attention to HomeKit

Insteon has one of the deepest catalogs in the connected-home market, but only a fraction of its products work with this hub.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro review: More than just lighting control

It’s far from perfect, but it’s a more complete solution than what the competition offers for now.

Myfox home alarm and camera

Myfox brings its innovative security camera, home alarm, and French fashion sense to U.S. markets

We’ll wait for review units to determine if the reality lives up to the hype, but an early hands-on look left us impressed.